happy monday!

May 21, 2012

My copy of Hex Appeal arrived last week!  Should be available the first week of June.

Colorado likes to advertise about how we get something like 300+ days of sunshine a year.  So of course, the day of a solar eclipse, is one of our 60 overcast days.  But the clouds parted just long enough for us to pull out our pinhole viewers and catch a glimpse of a crescent sun.  (Pinhole viewers are so cool, I never think they’re going to work until they do.)

Battleship is out in theaters now.  All I have to say about it:  not even on a bet.


8 Responses to “happy monday!”

  1. Judging from Battleship‘s dismal box-office performance, it seems others have decided the same thing as you. I know my reaction upon seeing the trailers was simply, “WHY?!” Though, as critic James Berardinelli notes in his review, the game’s premise could have made for an interesting film:

    [T]he more I considered, the more I realized the basic premise of “Battleship” could work within the context of a movie. Visions of a Tom Clancy-like thriller rattled around in my head. A dog-and-cat duel with a Das Boot flavor. So what do we get? Independence Day meets Pearl Harbor with a very strong Transformers influence.

    What a waste. So, yeah, I have no plans to see it either.

  2. carriev Says:

    Yeah, if it had been anything like a Tom Clancy/Das Boot tribute, I’d have gone to see it.

    It’s wasn’t the movie’s concept that had everyone going WTF? It was the aliens.

  3. sef Says:

    We went and saw Avengers again. I’d hoped that all the rowdy people would be off seeing Battleship.

    This … turns out not to be the case. Yay Joss and all, but, blast it, people please STFU when you’re in a theatre! grrr.

  4. Doruk Says:

    It still baffles me that someone looked at Battleship and went ‘Hey, there is a movie plot in here somewhere!’ And then decided to throw in aliens too!

  5. *Also, an addendum to one of your previous blogposts.


    Joss Whedon has gone on record that killing off Agent Coulson was not his idea, and instead was something that had been decided on from the very beginning.

  6. carriev Says:

    I’d heard that as well, and I’m willing to buy it. But the sudden unexpected impalement? That’s pure Whedon and I’m laying that squarely at his feed.

  7. LupLun Says:

    I saw the movie. A recently-retired friend dragged us to it. He spent 40 years designing Navy destroyers, and worked on many of those used in the film, so of course he got his money’s worth seeing his life’s work on the big screen.

    It was a stupid film. Fun in parts, but terribly stupid. It has an opening crawl, an prologue that tells us exactly what the opening crawl just said, and then another prologue that tells us nothing other than that our hero is an imbecile and a loser. Sadly, the second prologue is the most memorable part of the movie, and it’s almost completely irrelevant to the rest of the film.

    It did do two things that I liked: first, unlike a lot of these films, it doesn’t build up the aliens as unbeatable. Before they even land, one-fifth of their invasion force is lost to pilot error, and while their weapons are fearsome, their technology is as vulnerable to heavy artillery as anything else. Their main advantages are an impenetrable force-field that they use to cordon off Hawaii (as in the state of Hawaii), and an immunity to radar detection. The first is of negligible strategic advantage if the enemy knows about it and/or has reverse-engineered the technology, whereas the second is countered by improvisational solutions and targeting by sight instead of with radar. This makes it believable that humanity could not only beat them, but hold off the inevitable second attack.

    Second, watch closely and you can make a serious case that the aliens are the good guys, or at least victims of a huge misunderstanding. In the early parts of the movie, they only fire after being fired upon. We see through the eyes of the alien HUD occasionally, and when we do it’s weapons and vehicles that show up “red”. Humans are always “green”, unless they’re actively attacking. Also, the sequence in the trailers where they repel alien boarders in high-tech suits? The navy has an alien trooper on board and the boarders are on a rescue mission.

    There’s some good ideas here, and it makes me think that this was a much better movie at some earlier point in its development. Alas, most of the good in the plot has been squandered, as has the cast. Liam Nesson can probably dust himself off and go on acting, but poor Taylor Kitsch. First John Carter gets screwed undeservedly, and now this. He deserves better.

  8. carriev Says:

    The only thing worse than a bad movie is a bad movie that was clearly better earlier in production. 😦

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